UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Slovenia||Stadion Stožice - LjubljanaFriday 16 November 2018|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group C3 - Matchday 5
|13/10/2018||GS-FT||Norway - Slovenia||1-0||Oslo||Selnæs 45+5|
|11/10/2013||QR (GS)||Slovenia - Norway||3-0||Maribor||Novakovič 13, 15, 49|
|11/09/2012||QR (GS)||Norway - Slovenia||2-1||Oslo||Henriksen 26, John Arne Riise 90+4 (P); Šuler 17|
|03/09/2005||QR (GS)||Slovenia - Norway||2-3||Celje||Cimirotič 5, Žlogar 83; Carew 3, Lundekvam 24, Pedersen 90|
|13/10/2004||QR (GS)||Norway - Slovenia||3-0||Oslo||Carew 6, Pedersen 60, Ødegaard 89|
|21/06/2000||GS-FT||Slovenia - Norway||0-0||Arnhem|
|08/09/1999||PR (GS)||Norway - Slovenia||4-0||Oslo||Hoftun 16, Iversen 18, Solskjær 29, Leonhardsen 68|
|10/10/1998||PR (GS)||Slovenia - Norway||1-2||Ljubljana||Zahovič 24; T. A. Flo 45, Rekdal 80|
Last updated 12/11/2018 13:57CET
|16||Aljaž Ivačič||29/12/1993||24||Olimpija Ljubljana||-||0||0|
|4||Petar Stojanović||07/10/1995||23||Dinamo Zagreb||-||1||0|
|7||Jaka Bijol||05/02/1999||19||CSKA Moskva||*||1||0|
|20||Rudi Vancaš Požeg||15/03/1994||24||Celje||-||0||0|
|21||Benjamin Verbič||27/11/1993||24||Dynamo Kyiv||-||2||0|
|9||Andraž Šporar||27/02/1994||24||Slovan Bratislava||-||3||0|
|12||Ørjan Nyland||10/09/1990||28||Aston Villa||-||0||0|
|7||Ola Kamara||15/10/1989||29||LA Galaxy||-||0||0|
|9||Alexander Sørloth||05/12/1995||22||Crystal Palace||-||1||0|
Last updated 16/11/2018 11:43CET
Date of birth: 28 July 1969
Playing career: Koper (twice), Olimpija Ljubljana, Rijeka, Korotan Prevalje
Coaching career: IB Ljubljana, Slovenia Under-17, Slovenia Under-18 & 19, Slovenia (interim)
• A native of Koper in south-western Slovenia, Benedejčić began and ended his playing career with his hometown club (1991–92 and 1999–2004), making his name in between at Olimpija Ljubljana.
• Earned the distinction of scoring the first ever goal for the Slovenian national team – a 73rd-minute equaliser against Estonia in a Tallinn friendly on 3 June 1992 – and went on to accumulate a further seven caps for his country (but no more goals) over the next six years.
• Won the Slovenian title in each of his first three seasons at Olimpija, adding domestic cup triumphs in 1993 and 1996. In total he made 103 league appearances for the Ljubljana club, scoring 20 goals, and also played in prestigious European games at AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt.
• Spent 18 months in Croatia at Rijeka before returning to Slovenian football, firstly with Korotan Prevalje then, to see out his career, with Koper.
• Took his first coaching job at Slovenian top-flight side IB Ljubljana in September 2008 but was dismissed in October the following year. Resurfaced in the youth sector of the Slovenian federation and was appointed as interim head coach to oversee Slovenia's final two UEFA Nations League fixtures in November 2018 following the departure of Tomaž Kavčić.
Date of birth: 16 July 1948
Playing career: Alby, Gimonäs
Coaching career: Kilafors, Arbrå, Hudiksvalls, Sweden (youth sides), Sweden, Nigeria, Iceland, Norway
• A lower-league player, Lagerbäck began his coaching career in 1977 with Kilafors, joining the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) as a youth coach after spells with two other modest club sides Arbrå and Hudiksvall. Coached the national Under-21 and B teams until Tommy Söderberg took him on as his assistant with the senior national squad in 1998.
• Söderberg and Lagerbäck managed Sweden in tandem from 2000, reaching UEFA EURO 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2004; following Söderberg's departure, Lagerbäck took the troops to the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008 single-handed.
• Stepped down after failing to lead Sweden to the 2010 World Cup finals, but ended up travelling to that tournament as coach of Nigeria.
• Appointed Iceland boss in October 2011, he steered the side to the 2014 World Cup play-offs where they lost to Croatia. Agreed a new contract that would mean he handed over the reins to assistant Heimir Hallgrímsson at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 campaign – and promptly guided Iceland to their first ever major tournament.
• Even better was to follow as Iceland knocked out England en route to reaching the quarter-finals, where they lost to France, and in February 2017 Lagerbäck came out of retirement to take over as coach of Norway, his new side picking up ten points from their six 2018 World Cup qualifiers under his watch.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|19/07/2012||UEL||2QR||Rosenborg BK||FC Ordabasy Shymkent||2-2||Trondheim|
|24/08/2017||UEL||PO||Rosenborg BK||AFC Ajax||3-2||Trondheim|
Last updated 14/11/2018 11:07CET
The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.
Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.
Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia
Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark
Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania
Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar
The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:
The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.
The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.
But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.
The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).
Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.
National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.
Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.
For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.
Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.
While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.
Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.
Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.
In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.
No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.
No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.
There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.
Last updated 12/11/2018 13:59CET